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School of Human Ecology

About the School of Human Ecology

The School of Human Ecology has a rich history at Tennessee Tech. Over the years we have evolved from a School of Home Economics to the name of “Human Ecology”.

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The School of Human Ecology (founded in 1916 as the Domestic Science Department) has 1,800-plus alumni. We seek to promote a strong academic environment so that our graduates are prepared for careers in one or more of the diverse fields of human ecology.

Mission and Vision of the School of Human Ecology

› Mission

The School of Human Ecology provides education, research, service, resources and leadership in order to foster creativity, tenacity and analytical problem solving in our students as well as facilitating career ready graduates to empower individuals, families and communities to achieve optimal quality of life. 

› Vision

The School of Human Ecology will be recognized as a premier program in Human Ecology and as an agent for advancing quality of life and fostering leadership in individuals, families and communities. 

School of Human Ecology Strategic Plan

The Profession of Human Ecology

Human Ecology is the study of the relationship between individuals, families and communities and the environments in which they live. The field represents many content areas including: child development and family relations; child life; food, nutrition and dietetics; family and consumer sciences education; housing and design; and merchandising and design. Students learn, through theory and practice, how to provide a better quality of life for individuals throughout the life span. Students majoring in Human Ecology at Tennessee Tech receive practical experience in professional settings such as practicum, field experiences, and/or internships.

Read this brochure for more information on the strategic direction of our accrediting agency, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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